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A ”survivor” of domestic violence on why
The world today seems to be desperately in search of genuine peace, which is often elusive.
Well, an African female author, artist and domestic violence counselor, Queen Love (formerly Aminata Touray), has traced the source of the problem to absence of genuine love and broken homes worldwide.
On the 22nd anniversary of the Day of the African Child, the huge barrier children with disabilities face has been highlighted, with the child relief agency Plan International calling for “change in the condition” of children.
---Sierra Leone women campaign against denial
A conference on women’s rights to Land and justice has ended in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, with the launch of a nationwide campaign on Land rights, and a threat to withhold their crucial votes in the November elections if authorities fail to heed a key demand.
By Mohamed Konneh/WADR Correspondent
For the first time, women from across Sierra Leone have converged on the capital, Freetown for a three-day national conference on women’s rights to land and access to justice.
The Open Forum 2012 has come to an end in Cape Town, South Africa, with Day three putting a spotlight on Money, Power and Sex: The paradox of unequal growth, where the need for effective sex education was stressed.
--2 million may not access health care
By Suy Kahofi/WADR Abidjan Correspondent
Lack of adequate funding is undermining the implementation of humanitarian programmes in the Ivory Coast, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in this West African country.
Sexual offences are said to be on the rise in Sierra Leone in recent times, with a number of teenagers allegedly being raped either by strangers or their own family members.
International Women’s Day, March 8, has come and gone, but practically addressing the plight of women burdened by discrimination and inequality remains a serious challenge.
In a message to mark International Women’s Day, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said “while tremendous progress has been made, no country can claim to be entirely free from gender-based discrimination.”
Traditional harmful practices such as early and forced marriages are some of the major causes of girls dropping out school at an early age in many African societies.